Rohmaterialökonomie und mobilität im rheinischen allerød

Translated title of the contribution: Raw material economy and mobility in the rhenish allerød

Hannah Parow-Souchon, Martin Heinen

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Hunter-gatherer mobility in the Allerød has long been suspected to be fundamentally different from preceding and following periods due to the development of forested vegetation following the Allerød warming. Now, new primary data from a recently excavated, well-preserved Federmesser site in Wesseling can contribute to this question. An in depth analysis of the raw material use and spatial organisation of Wesseling including operational chain reconstruction, refittings, least cost analysis and statistical evaluation in comparison with other Federmesser assemblages can shed light on the mobility patterns of the Rhenish Allerød hunters. The results indicate a residential mobility pattern focused on an embedded procurement of the closest sources of raw material in a radius of roughly 100 km around the sites. In the case of Wesseling the potential route of raw material acquisition could be reconstructed to have led from the end-moraines at Krefeld, over Aachen and Bonn-Muffendorf to Wesseling. The comparison of contemporary Rhenish inventories furthermore hints at the presence of different regional systems oriented along the major drainages and topographic features as of yet insufficiently understood.

Translated title of the contributionRaw material economy and mobility in the rhenish allerød
Original languageGerman
Pages (from-to)157-177
Number of pages21
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2017
Externally publishedYes


  • Constrained correspondence analysis
  • Final Palaeolithic
  • Late Palaeolithic
  • Least cost analysis
  • Operational chain sequences
  • Spatial organisation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Archaeology
  • Archaeology


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